(1090 The Fan) – Hansen’s two-week pledge drive for season ticket buyers topped 44,000, one last gesture before he meets with NBA committees Wednesday to relocate the Kings to Seattle.

More than 44,000 pledges for full-season tickets were received when Chris Hansen made the ask of the region’s basketball fans to help bring back the Sonics, as well as pledges for 268 suites. Nearly a thousand businesses said they were interested in sponsorships. No money backed the pledges, but the expression of sentiment provided more ammunition as the Seattle native pleads his case Wednesday to NBA owners for approval of  his purchase of the Kings to move them to Seattle.

Figures were released on sonicsarena.com Tuesday afternoon, on the eve of Hansen’s presentation to the finance and relocation committees in New York Wednesday morning. Hansen described the results of his two-week marketing strategy as “nothing short of stunning.”

He said more than 32,000 of the season ticket requests came in the first 24 hours of the website-only campaign, including a rate of 6,000 hits per second for a short while that knocked the site offline.

Read the rest of Art Thiel’s “Hansen Says Ticket List Count ‘Stunning'” at sportspressnw.com.


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